Everton have signed Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kiev on a four-and-a-half year deal until June 2026 for an undisclosed fee.
Mykolenko plays as a left-back and has netted seven goals in 132 appearances for Dynamo Kiev since graduating from their Academy in August 2017, since going on to make 21 international appearances for Ukraine.
During his time in Kiev, Mykolenko helped Dynamo Kiev win two Ukrainian Cup titles and 2020-21 Ukrainian Premier League title, as well as three Ukrainian Super Cups.
Speaking to evertontv about his move to the Toffees and playing in the Premier League where he will wear the no.19 shirt, Mykolenko said: “Moving to Everton is a big and important step in my life.
“I have always dreamed of playing in the Premier League. English football is where the game was born and I think that it will suit my game very well.”
Despite being only 22 years-old which is often considered as a youngster on English soil, Mykolenko admitted that he doesn’t “feel like a youngster.”
“I have experience of playing at European level and hope I will continue to improve as a player.” explained the 22 year-old on why he believes that he can be considered an experienced player.”
Mykolenko has also revealed that he can’t wait to make his debut at Goodison Park, which could come as early as Sunday 2 January 2022, as Everton host Brighton in the Premier League.
Speaking about his delight at playing at Goodison Park, Mykolenko said: “I am excited about the opportunity of playing in front of our supporters at Everton. I have seen the last few games at Goodison Park and they were unbelievable.”
Discussing his fullback style, Mykolenko went on to admit that he is an attack playing left-back as he commented: “I like to play on the front foot and get forward when I can.”
“Modern football demands that full-backs are able to attack as well as defend. I think I am a versatile defender who can get up and down the pitch.” said Mykolenko as he spoke about his ability and the expectations of full-backs in modern football.
Mykolenko also noted that “desire and commitment are the most important attributes” as he vowed to try and deliver those qualities, whilst aiming to settle and adapt quickly to Everton’s playing style.
Off-pitch, Mykolenko also revealed that communication with the club and fans will be crucial especially as he learns the English language, whilst immersing himself in the “culture of this city, this country and this club.”
Mykolenko concluded by confirming his beliefs that he can become a top player at Everton as he said: “I believe here at Everton, with the Club’s traditions and ambitions, I will grow as a person and as a player.”
Mykolenko’s arrival comes amidst rumours that Lucas Digne will depart the club this month with Newcastle touted as favourites to sign the Frenchman.